BAITS FOR SUMMER WALLEYE
We are well into summer now and by all accounts the fishing in most
parts has been pretty darn good. I had a busy month with a lot of travel and
some awesome angling. This despite unstable weather, rain, wind and intense
The fish, for the most part, seem unbothered and ready hit
anything that might arouse interest.
| Boyds ;spinner blade box!|
PRESENTATION: It’s still almost
impossible to beat a bottom bouncer and spinner rig for summer walleye and even
huge pike. On a recent trip to Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan, friend Boyd Holmen and
I caught numerous walleye using this setup. We found the fish on a six metre
sand flat scattered with a bit of sand grass and some sunken timber. By using
spinners with floats and shorter snells we were able to prevent snags and get
the bait in the strike window. The fishing was so good, in one area we had a
fish on almost all the time. This presentation allows the angler to cover
water, finding the most productive areas. I highly recommend this presentation
for the novice anglers as well. It allows you to cover water efficiently and
effectively with a minimum of hang ups.
While not as effective when fish are tight on small pieces of structure,
it can’t be beat when fishing weedlines, long sand flats, rocky points and
other places fish like to hang out when the water gets warmer. It pays to vary
trolling speed and size of the spinner blade you might use. I like to use a
double hook setup rigged with either a big nightcrawler or one ribbon leech per
hook. Use a bottom bouncer heavy enough to keep the bait at a 45 degree angle.
Then get ready to hang on for some great summer action.
| Boyd with a nice one!|
last few summers more and more anglers are starting to use lures normally found
in their ice fishing boxes. Many are
using of a Jigging Rapala for open water fishing. Jeff Gustafson mentioned that
the top pros had been using this lure on the walleye circuit for years when
nothing else would catch fish. Since that time lots of videos and articles have
been written on the subject but I don’t think a lot of anglers in this part of
the world have bought in yet. My friends in Saskatchewan have been using a
similar lure, the Shiver Minnow, on Last Mountain Lake in the summer and fall
to catch big walleye and lots of them. These types of lures work best on sand
or gravel bottom which means you won’t be snagging them in rocky boulders all
| Pike like to get in on the action too!|
the summer using these lures most of the fish will be in the five to nine metre
mark. This also allows you to watch your lure on the depthfinder. It won’t take
long to determine if those fish will bite or not.
the bait away from the boat at a 60 degree angle
the bait forward two to four feet at a time, then let it nosedive down to the
can cast and retrieve up and down drop-offs as long as there aren’t too many
is a reaction bite and fish won’t hit them all the time but when they do you
better hold on.
monofilament line, the stretch factor is needed so the fish don’t shake the
must have an in-line barrel swivel a couple of feet up from the lure to prevent
come in various sizes but a size #7 will get you down to the bottom pretty
mention thought, that the right rod is critical in using these type of lures.
You want a longer rod, maybe seven feet in length with a soft tip and a medium
action. This allows you to keep the fish on once hooked. While the hooks on
these lures are super sharp, fish have a tendency to throw the hooks if you put
too much pressure on them.